These artworks explore what it means to be female in Asia right now

A new show at Singapore's Kult Gallery collects work from some of Asia's best young female illustrators and artists.

Girls of the Underworld is a group show at the Kult Gallery in Singapore that examines what it means to be female in contemporary Asia, from the perspective of young female artists.

Kult invited 37 Singapore-based female artists to create a new piece of work that captures their perspective on living and working in fast-paced modern Asia. This was achieved through exploring subjects such as music, identity, pop TV and movie culture.

Artists were given freedom to create their work using various mediums, such as painting, drawing, silkscreening, collaging, and even animated GIFs as a form of artistic conversation.

The show features local female artists such as Adeline Tan, Dawn Ang, Inkten, Kristal Melson, Soph Ong and Tiffany Tan.

Kult’s Curators said that there was currently a boom of creativity in Singapore, especially amongst the female community, with ‘Girls of the Underworld’ aiming to capture and celebrate this phenomenon.

All artworks will be available for sale at the Kult online store.

Image shown is Be the Heroine, Not the Victim, by Hedy Hadi.

Octopus’s Garden

by MIGHTYELLOW (Adeline Tan)

Inspired by the Beatles’ song of the same title, "Octopus’s Garden" is a visual interpretation of how an ‘Octopus’s Garden’ would look like if the style is influenced by traditional Japanese tattoos and Ukiyo-e replicas of geishas found in a cabinet in the artist’s grandfather’s home.

Ink and Watercolour on Paper


by Esther Goh

With our generation being the first users of the image-driven social media platform - Instagram, #OOTD is a satirical piece on one aspect of how it causes distortion in perception of beauty by promoting the unhealthy act of idealising our selfimage.

In a constant bid to one-up another, some may even take on another persona. As the cycle of self-promotion continues with a need to validate our social status, we are drawn further from reality.

Digital Print

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A Disquiet

by Izziyana Suhaimi 

The act of embroidery is an effort to quiet the chaos without and within. Each stitch marks a passing moment, building up stitches into a representation of time moving, thoughts fleeting. The work becomes a physical representation of time carved and devoted to a quietness and stillness.

Embroidery on Paper


by Joyce Lee

Joyce Lee’s Super-girl is her interpretation of contemporary women’s bravery, resolve and masculinity

Water Colour

As ‘Simple’ As Life

by Sheryl Yap

"I hope society can learn to be true to itself,” says Sheryl Yap. “As the fast paced hyper culture we live in will never change."

Ink on Paper

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by Moon Malek

Dust to Dust

by Toxi Notion

Dare To Dream Of Candy

by Caramelaw

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